In an interview with David S. Roven, the producer on the recent little film that you may or may not have heard about, “The Dark Knight”, the interviewer shoots out a lot of questions about the next film. He asks about if they are making a new film, and if so, what will they do with it, considering the ending of the past two villains from “The Dark Knight”. He basically asked if they regretted leaving the Joker alive and killing off Dent, considering Ledger’s death. Basically, Roven says that (quote) “We have to separate the actors from the role”, and that (quote) “On a personal level, Heath was a friend of mine. We had worked together before ‘The Dark Knight,’ but I still think that ‘The Dark Knight’ is its own thing, and we have to separate them”. Basically, MTV (the publisher of said interview) are misconstruing this. They, along with other fanboys, are proposing and supporting the idea of re-doing the Joker for the next film, getting some one else to play him.
I don’t know what your thoughts are on this, but I for one, think it is a bad idea. DS and I have had this conversation. Although I felt more strongly than him in some areas, we felt that there was a possible way to give the Joker a cameo in the next film. Have Batman go to Arkham, maybe needing intel on a dangerous criminal, and he goes to Arkham for help. Maybe we see the Joker’s back, he has his back turned, and he just says a little. You either very well re-edit Ledger’s lines, or get a sound-a-like, no more than 3 minutes. Never show his face though. Picture like the scene with the Joker in the jail cell, but with his back turned… in the dark. Anyway, there’s no denying that Ledger’s interpretation of the Joker in TDK was, well masterful. I feel like I’ve said this a million times, but this is the last time, promise. That wasn’t Ledger as the Joker, that was the Joker in TDK. He made it his own, and he dominated it, perfecting the role. I still regard TDK as a masterpiece, not just in superhero movies, but in overall film. It’s a beautifully directed, shot, and choreographed crime and superhero epic. Trying to replicate Ledger’s portrayal with the likes of Daniel Day Lewis (I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!!!) or anyone else would be disrespectful in my mind. It would be trashed by critics in my mind, and deemed unoriginal, everyone would just be thinking about Ledger. Leave the Joker as he is, he shouldn’t be re-invented again until maybe Zack Snyder takes the reins in a few years (I’d love to see that) or until Nolan is through and hands it over to someone else (anyone but Schumaker or Burton). Bringsomeone new in, let’s see Nic Cage as Mr. Freeze in his human form, Hugh Laurie as the Riddler (I’d kill to see that), or Philip Seymour Hoffman as the Penguin, just as long as we don’t try to re-do the Joker. They don’t even have to make another movie as far as I’m concerned, but it’d be great if they did. Overall, there’s no sense re-inventing something that’s already been perfected.